Lawmakers call for IPL inquiry
Indian lawmakers called for a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of corruption against Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi and its wealthy franchise owners on Friday.
India’s parliament was disrupted several times as legislators demanded an investigation into charges that franchises had been sold for millions of dollars without accounting for the source of the funds, news reports said.
Opposition party members also demanded the resignation of two ministers belonging to a coalition partner of the ruling Congress Party, saying the ministers’ families had allegedly benefited from the IPL, Press Trust of India reported.
In the past few days, investigators searched the offices of team owners, including those of the Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab and the offices of the Sahara group, which owns the new Pune team franchise.
Income tax officials have also questioned Modi about a multimillion dollar television deal to screen IPL matches.
The league has been embroiled in controversy since Modi revealed the names of the owners of the new $US330 million ($A355.99 million) Kochi franchise – a revelation that led to the resignation of India’s junior foreign minister, Shashi Tharoor, amid claims that a 25 per cent share in the franchise was given to a group that included a friend of Tharoor’s.
It was alleged the friend’s shares were really intended as a hidden gift to Tharoor.
The IPL launched in 2008, featuring eight city-based franchises. Two new teams, including Kochi, will join the league from 2011.© AP 2013